Muhammad Salah

Muhammad Salah, Sudan

“I'm looking at Reset from a spiritual perspective.”

Muhammad Salah is a Sudanese photographer based in Khartoum. He began photographing in 2013, and has developed a critical focus on social, political, and cultural issues. “Photography to me is a tool of healing and understanding my surroundings and myself better. When it comes to the motives behind my photography, I ponder on an emotional level, not an intellectual one. Spaces and people are equivalently important to me,” he explains.

“Muhammad Salah is a very dedicated young professional photographer coming into his own in the recent turbulent years of the Bashir dictatorship in Sudan. Last year he was intimately involved in the demonstrations in the country, literally putting his life on the line, whilst working diligently on fine-tuning his visual storytelling abilities (...),” said Akinbode Akinbiyi, photographer, curator, writer and Joop Swart Masterclass nominator.

His 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass project is a personal exploration of the relationship between the self and the other, and the self and the surrounding space. The project was born from the photographer’s need to document the struggle of moving to Germany, away from family and friends, and adapt to a completely different reality.

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass

For the first time, due to the current global health crisis, the Joop Swart Masterclass is taking place online over a period of four months, and 24 participants and eight masters have been selected to make the program more inclusive.

“I'm really excited to meet the other participants and mentors from all over the world, and get to know their process and their work,” Salah said.

The educational experience of the Joop Swart Masterclass is based on an assignment to produce a photo essay around a given theme. This year the theme is ‘Reset’.

“I'm looking at Reset from a spiritual perspective. For me, it means devoting oneself to the nature of the true higher-self/god or the universe,” he said.

From July to October 2020, the participants will work on their projects and receive mentorship and guidance from the mentors. The final projects will be presented on 29 October 2020. Learn more about the 2020 Joop Swart Masterclass